Zimbabwe Rings in Changes for T20I Series Against Ireland; Axes Four Players After T20 World Cup Setback

As Zimbabwe prepares to face Ireland in their upcoming T20I series at home, the team’s selectors have implemented significant changes following their disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. Four players—Pacer Tendai Chatara, spinner Wellington Mazakadza, and openers Innocent Kaia and Nick Welch—have been dropped from the squad.

In a strategic move, leg spinner Brandon Mavuta and Tony Munyonga make a comeback, while two uncapped players earn their spots. Brian Bennett, a 20-year-old batter, recognized for his recent List A cricket achievements with Mountaineers, secures a spot, alongside 25-year-old fast bowler Trevor Gwandu.


Under the continued leadership of Sikandar Raza, the squad features the return of veteran Craig Ervine, who missed most of the qualifiers due to a groin injury. The three-match series is scheduled to commence on December 7 at the Harare Sports Club, with subsequent matches on December 9 and 10, all hosted at the same venue.

Sikandar Raza (c), Brian Bennett, Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Trevor Gwandu, Luke Jongwe, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brandon Mavuta, Carl Mumba, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sean Williams